Ladies and Gentlemen, congratulations! 2017 is in the books! I have a sneaking suspicion that 2018 is going to be your best year yet. You know what this means – It’s resolution time! I’m going to be talking about New Year’s resolution and how to make one that actually sticks. The facts are a little grim. Over 50% of people in America make a new year’s resolution with only around 8% of people finding any long-term success. I believe there are 5 main reasons for this and simple steps you can take to make sure your New Year’s resolutions stick like glue.
Step 1: Keep it realistic
If your goal is that by the end of 2017 is to have a million dollars, a sloth farm, the death star, and a private concert with Beyoncé – it’s probably not going to happen. Science tells us that you want to set goals that are hard to achieve, but remain in the realm of possibility. So while a private concert with Beyoncé might not be in the cards, going to one of her concerts and buying a backstage pass to meet her makes a lot more sense.
Step Two: Don’t set outcome goals, set process goals
Outcome goals are goals not really in your control. Process goals are the things we actually can control. For example, an outcome goal is something like, “I want to be a millionaire“. A process goal is saying “I will work 2 hours a night building my profitable sloth farm.” The key is picking the right process goals that naturally lead to the outcomes you’re looking for.
Step Three: Minimize the number of goals to less than 3
Your brain can only handle so much. Making a list of 10 New Year’s resolutions make it extremely difficult for that part of your brain to hold on to. It also makes it less likely for you to be able to stick to your resolutions. Start with one big thing you want to achieve, and only if you feel that you can handle it, add in a couple more. Keep in mind that resolutions often work like dominoes – the actual game, not the pizza. Basically once one resolution falls, so do the rest.
Step Four: Gets some support
Reaching out for friends and loved ones can help accomplish tasks. You don’t have to post a shirtless photo to Instagram or make a Facebook proclamation to use this to your advantage. All this means is that sharing goals, successes and struggles with people you care about will help with your efforts.
Step Five: Treat yourself
Setting out to achieve new tasks and receiving some form of positive feedback can help us accomplish them more frequently. For that, giving yourself a small reward for sticking to your goals is a good idea. In fact, I often recommend a reward day to most of my coworkers where they can go a little nuts and off the diet, as it gives mental relief and something to look forward to. Whatever your goals are, build some form of reward system for sticking to the plan.
Before you go, if you wouldn’t mind leaving a comment below, I’d really appreciate it. 2018, big year, big plans, big goals, am I going to get them? hell yes I am going to accomplish them, and so are you!